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Commuting Safely by Bike in the City

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Tomorrow is national bike to work day. Over the past seven years biking in the city has increased by 75%. Transportation Alternatives, an advocacy group helping to organize the event, thinks the city can do even better. To talk more about biking to work is Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette ...

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Cabbie Fined for Foul Language

Thursday, May 15, 2008

New York City is known as a place where people express themselves and not always in the kindest ways.

But, cab drivers are being held to a higher standard.

A cabbie who cursed at another driver was fined $1,000 and had his license suspended for a month.

Taxi and Limousine Commissioner Matthew Daus ...

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New Measures Crack Down on Doctors

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Governor Paterson has announced a series of measures to increase oversight of the medical establishment. WNYC’s Fred Mogul has more.

Under the proposed law, the Office for Professional Medical Conduct would be expected to monitor doctors more aggressively.

Health plans and insurers would be required to inform officials when physicians are dropped ...

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Report: Turf Isn't Dangerous

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Artificial turf fields can get very hot, but are unlikely to pose other health risks - that's according to a draft report for the Health Department.

This comes during a nationwide debate over the merits of these fields. Geoffrey Croft, of NYC Park Advocates, says the report underplays the dangers ...

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Like Council, Bloomberg Has Discretionary Funds

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

As the City Council grapples with an ongoing federal investigation into its funding of community groups, the Bloomberg administration has for the first time, disclosed that it handed out millions in discretionary funds last year on behalf of favored city council members.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office had $4.5 million set ...

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Pro-Tenant Bills Approved by Assembly

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

New York's Assembly has passed a package of pro-tenant bills aimed at keeping more apartments rent stabilized.

New York's Assembly has passed a package of pro-tenant bills aimed at keeping more apartments rent stabilized.

Right now, landlords may deregulate their units once rents reach $2,000 a month. One bill would end ...

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Council Expected to Overturn Bloomberg's E-Waste Veto

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The City Council is expected to override Mayor Bloomberg's veto of a bill that mandated manufacturers meet electronic waste recycling standards.

Mayor Bloomberg contends the bill will not withstand legal challenges and will hurt City businesses.

Recently the Bloomberg Administration and the Council reached an agreement on a bill that established a ...

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New Playground Opens in The Bronx, Part of Mayor's Initiative

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

City officials had a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new playground at the Bronx's P.S. 138. It's part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's goal to ensure that all New Yorkers live within a ten-minute walk to a park or a playground.

The city plans to invest $111 million to convert 290 school yards ...

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Lawmakers React to Mayor's Own Council Fund

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Bloomberg Administration revealed it has turned millions over to dozens of non-profits on behalf of favored Council Members. The disclosure comes as the City Council faces a criminal probe into how it doles out money to non-profits.

Brooklyn Councilman Bill DeBlasio says he welcomes the transparency from the Mayor's side ...

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MTA Restarts Negotiation Process With Bidders

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Now that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's billion-dollar deal with Tishman Speyer has collapsed, the agency is negotiating with the other original bidders to find another buyer for the West Side rail yards.

But, as WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports, the options aren't great.

Of the five original bidders, one company dropped out ...

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New Yorkers Donate to Quake Relief

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

New Yorkers - especially Chinese-Americans - are answering the call for donations to victims of this week's devastating earthquake in China.

Queens resident James Lee stopped by the offices of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association yesterday to donate $100.

Lee says he doesn't know anyone personally hurt in the quake, but ...

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Less Money for Abuse Prevention Programs

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Over the past two years, the Administration for Children's Services has increased child abuse prevention programs to serve an extra 1,000 families.

But, money for the additional monitoring isn't included in the upcoming budget.

At a City Council hearing yesterday, ACS Commissioner John Mattingly said his agency will find the necessary $2.4 ...

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Prostitution "Booker" Pleads Guilty

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

One of four people charged with running the prostitution ring used by former governor Eliot Spitzer, has plead guilty in federal court.

WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

Thirty-two year old Temeka Lewis was responsible for booking clients for the Emperor's Club VIP. Today she stood in federal court, and plead guilty to ...

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Change to Misconduct Release Information

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Gov. David Paterson is expected to announce a proposal today that would require New Yorkers to be informed when their doctors are charged with misconduct, not just if they're convicted.

The proposed change is part of a broad patient safety measure that would give more power to the state Office ...

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"The Sopranos" Go To College

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Dozens of college professors from around the world will gather at Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus to analyze the HBO mob drama "The Sopranos."

Starting May 22nd, "The Sopranos: A Wake," is a symposium created as a way to define the show's position in popular culture.

Fordham Communications and Media Studies department ...

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Controversial Glass Tower Approved

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Museum of Modern Art is one step closer to having a 75-story neighbor.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission has unanimously approved two applications from Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel for the Midtown tower. It would include condos, hotel rooms and MoMA gallery space.

Neighborhood residents have opposed the skyscraper because of its ...

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Attempts to Revive West Side Development Deal Fail

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The deal to develop the West Side rail yards really is dead. Tishman Speyer has just announced that it is withdrawing from the $1 billion agreement that it tentatively reached in March.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which owns the 26-acre parcel in far west midtown, said last week that it had ...

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N.J. Official Warns of Tough Budget Decisions Ahead

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

In New Jersey, tax revenues for 2007 came in higher than expected this spring, but State Treasurer David Rousseau is warning lawmakers not to get too optimistic as they negotiate a budget.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

Call it the echo effect from a healthier economy. A spokesman for the State's Treasury ...

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Last Day to Register for N.J. June Election

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Today's the last day to register to vote in next month's New Jersey primaries.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more on this year's surprisingly competitive contests.

No, there won't be any presidential preferences to sort through this time. But, voters will have to pick and choose from a half dozen candidates who ...

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Knicks Introduce New Coach D'Antoni

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The New York Knicks introduced Mike D'Antoni as their new coach today, hoping his high-scoring brand of basketball will turn around a team with seven straight losing seasons.

D'Antoni brings his preference for a running, offensive style to a team that seems ill-suited to run it, but he vows he'll come ...

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